Carp crusader calls on others to tackle pest fish

Local fisherman Nathan Mieglitz is calling on the local community to throw a line and help eradicate carp from Lake Victoria.

Nathan Mieglitz uses his foot to show the size of the monster carp he recently landed at Maryborough’s Lake Victoria.

A local fisherman is calling on others to join him in eradicating a noxious aquatic species from Princes Park’s Lake Victoria.

Often not considered as a fishing spot, local Nathan Mieglitz said Lake Victoria is great for catching the large carp, but also a number of native fish, including yellow-belly, catfish and redfin.

“I would love to see a few people down here eager to throw in a line and help get rid of these carp,” he said.

Nathan said he has caught more than 20 carp in the lake over the past couple of years, with some of his latest catches seeing the fish weigh up to eight kilograms.

“They’re really quite easy to catch, all you need for bait is a bit of corn. You don’t need to be an expert to fish for them,” he said.

According to the Victorian Fisheries Authority, carp is declared as a noxious aquatic species in Victoria, which makes it an offence to possess, transport or release live carp, or use live carp (including all forms of carp and goldfish) as fishing bait.

“The carp basically ruin the waterway for pretty much every other type of fish that is in there,” Nathan said.

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